Melbourne Nurses' Conference

2 Day Conference for All Nurses - Learn locally with Ausmed


Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to get rapidly up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local nurses’ conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:

  • What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
  • What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
  • Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
  • The latest information about a range of current treatments

Attend this local nurses’ conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.

Melbourne Nurses’ Conference 2018
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Day One

8:30AM Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Amanda Wynne

The Law and the Regulation of Practice

There are potential risks that manifest in all areas of nursing care. The regulation of practice aims to mitigate this risk by providing a framework for safe, legal, professional, ethical, and accountable practice. When nurses practice in this manner, the goal of public protection is achieved. Despite this, many issues arise that fall outside the scope of safe, accountable practice and, thereby, jeopardise patient and public safety. This interactive session will consider:

  • Why do we have regulation?
  • How does this align with the law?
  • What does safe, accountable practice look like?
  • What issues continue to arise that impact on safe, accountable practice?
  • What are the current trends, challenges, and considerations around the regulation of nursing practice?
Fran Pearce

The Role and Value of the Preceptor

Nursing is a profession where practical and theoretical knowledge needs to be highly integrated into the professional development for students, graduates, and new team members. Within clinical areas, the support of these diverse learners is often the responsibility of the nurse. Health Workforce Australia defines the role of the preceptor as “a practicing nurse who provides individual clinical supervision and teaching predominantly on a one to one basis whilst undertaking a normal clinical workload”. Preceptors foster professional socialisation, act as role models, and provide direct clinical support. This is both a challenging and immensely rewarding. This session will:

  • Explore the value of the preceptor in onboarding new staff into their teams
  • Discuss each of the three primary roles of the preceptor i.e. socialiser, role model, and clinical support
  • Analyse methods of providing feedback
10:30 Morning Tea

Taruni Falconer

Being Contagious - Spreading Conflict or Spreading Joy

In the healthcare profession we sometimes arrive at work feeling anxious. "Who will I be working with for this shift? It is that enthusiastic team member who makes the shift fly by enjoyably? Or is it that the team member I dread?" Social Neuroscience, the brand new science of human interaction, is showing us just how contagious we are in our interactions. It is showing us that our interactions are a two-way street in which one person’s brain is influencing the other person’s mood or state. In short, our own mood, our way of being, is contagious. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain practical insight from current social neuroscience on contagious social behaviour
  • Explore what this means for you at work
  • Apply one tiny, less-than-a-minute skill that enables you to notice, then choose just how you want to be contagious
Dr Jason Tye-Din

Coeliac Disease, Wheat, and Gluten Sensitivity

Coeliac disease is a common autoimmune-like illness caused by gluten in the diet. One in seventy Australians is affected, with women aged 30-50 the most commonly diagnosed. Coeliac disease causes a broad range of medical issues including liver disease, infertility, and lymphoma, and is often overlooked by doctors. This session covers what nurses and other health professionals need to know about coeliac disease, as well as wheat and gluten sensitivity. Topics covered include:

  • What is coeliac disease and why does it occur?
  • How is coeliac disease different from gluten and wheat sensitivity?
  • Why is the gluten-free diet so popular and is it for everyone?
  • How is a gluten-free diet done properly?
  • What are the medical issues caused by coeliac disease?
  • How is it properly diagnosed and managed?
1:00PM Lunch and Networking

Dr Jill Beattie

What Happened to You? Trauma-Informed Care and Practice

A trauma-informed care (TIC) approach to the provision of healthcare services acknowledges the prevalence of toxic stress, trauma, and interpersonal violence in the community, generally as well as in healthcare consumers and staff. This session will assist you to understand the relationship between adverse childhood events (ACEs) and ill-health. In so doing it will introduce a trauma-informed care model of practice and includes:

  • What is toxic stress?
  • What is emotional trauma?
  • What happens physiologically that results in addictions, dis-ease, and chronic illness?
  • What is trauma-informed care and practice?
  • What can we do today, to implement a trauma-informed care approach into our own practice?
  • What must organisations do to implement a trauma-informed care approach?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Anne Leversha

What’s New in Medication Safety?

One of the most common areas of clinical risk relates to the administration of medicines. Knowledge of safe medication practices, including recent changes, can help build clinical confidence and safety. In this session, the current significant issues in medication safety will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to review their practice as it relates to their patients and work environment. Topics include:

  • What are the current challenges around medication safety?
  • Are there certain themes that constantly arise when we look at medication errors?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00AM Commencement of Day Two

Melinda Brooks

Wound Assessment and Aseptic Technique in Wound Management

Assessing a wound involves a complex, systematic approach by all clinicians. This session will explore an area of practice that is relevant to any clinical setting. It includes:

  • What is the definition of holistic wound assessment?
  • What factors affect healing?
  • What are the latest recommendations regarding aseptic technique in wound management?
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Diabetes Management – What’s New and What’s Coming?

The number of medications and tools available for the management of diabetes has increased exponentially over the last decade. This session will explore the various medication groups for the treatment of diabetes and their mode of action in the different parts of the body. Topics in this interactive session include:

  • The use of computer programs, applications, and devices now available in the world of diabetes
  • The current trends in use
  • The new inventions in the pipeline
10:45 Morning Tea

Alexandra Gillian

Sepsis and the Significance of Early Recognition

Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death globally? Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session uses case scenarios to explain the pathophysiological mechanisms by which sepsis develops. It will look at how you can detect the early warning signs of sepsis. Finally, it will assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition across a range of clinical settings. It includes:

  • What is the definition of sepsis?
  • What is the relationship between infection and sepsis?
  • Early recognition – what are the clinical signs? E.g. an increasing SOFA score
  • Why is timely intervention so important?
  • In a suspected or a known case of sepsis, what are the main nursing management priorities across a range of clinical settings?
Leanne Boase

Nurses: Scope of Practice – Making Changes

Nurses respond to the needs of patients by adapting, extending, or changing their scope of practice. The challenge can lie in the process. How do you expand or change your scope of practice to ensure you are working within the legislation, regulations, and policies of your employer? This session includes:

  • An opportunity to examine your current and potential future role
  • Planning for change
  • Key considerations
  • Case examples
12:45PM Lunch and Networking

Melinda Brooks

Wound Infection – What To Do and What Not To Do!

The development of a wound infection depends on the complex interplay of many factors. Assessing wound infection accurately is important, but treating can often be confusing. This session will examine:

  • The definition and recognition of a wound infection
  • The plethora of antibiotics, antimicrobials, and antiseptics available for use in wound management
  • The options and appropriateness of antibiotic therapy, antimicrobial, and antiseptic use
Ros Ben Moshe

The Science of Happiness – How to Get Your DOSE of Happy Hormones

This session will explore the neuroscience behind our quartet of happiness: dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins by:

  • Discovering ways to enhance wellbeing naturally by tapping into the DOSE flow
  • Developing a smiling and laughter wellness mindset to increase endorphin flow
  • Exploring techniques to unleash their potential in maximising healing, happiness, and life satisfaction
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Associate Professor Louis Roller

Cannabis – Pharmacological Profile

Cannabis, like most drugs, affects many organs of the body. As well, its impact may be greater on young people and the elderly. Understanding the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of this drug is important for a range of reasons. This final session looks at cannabis from a pharmaceutical viewpoint and discusses:

  • How many different types of cannabis exist?
  • What are cannabinoids?
    • What is the component THC and how does this affect a person?
    • How does cannabidiol (CBD) differ to THC?
  • What are the routes of intake, and which is most efficacious?
  • How is it metabolised and excreted?
  • What is its therapeutic range?
  • What is the side effect and drug interaction profile?
  • How predictable are its effects and why do people respond differently?
  • Is cannabis addictive?
4:45 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. This is a time when: Healthcare budgets are under increased stress The community purse is shrinking Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care. Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.

Purpose of Program

This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.

Your learning outcomes:

People with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines


Melbourne Nurses' Conference



Melbourne Nurses' Conference
11 Hours | 15 Mins



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